Sonic Farm Creamer Plus by WideEyed
I’ve been using the Creamer + for about 3 weeks now. First off, I want to commend Boris and Zoran on their excellent customer service. They were incredibly helpful in picking the correct preamp for my needs!
Now onto the C+. After just 2 days of use, I decided this thing was so incredibly good sounding and versatile that it made it’s way from my side rack to the top rack closest to my reach from my mix position… Because I want to be able to access it immediately, ALL THE TIME! I have compared it to my Chandler TG2s, Rupert Neve 511s, Phoenix DRS-8, and Dizengoff D4s (REDD 47 clone), LaChapell 583s, and an LA-610, and it has stood out as, without a doubt, my “go to” for just about anything that needs some “bigness,” or “sweetness,” or “richness,” or just some more mojo. In fact, I’m now selling my LaChapell 583s and my LA-610. I thought I’d be jumping back to my 511s for “super clean,” but since using the Creamer, I just always like it’s color/vibe. I can set it up in triode, low input gain, and solid state output, and it cleans up VERY nicely. The tube is still present, but it becomes a smoothing element more than an obvious color element. No matter where I set this pre, it sounds good, and it always seems to do a great job of eliminating the “digital edge,” without smearing transients or muddying things.
In pentode, +6 gain, and with the transformer in, it COMES ALIVE! I often leave it in pentode with transformer, because I just love the color it imparts. I am always playing around with the “fat” and “air” switches and love what they do to the sound. I just pre-mastered a record using the C+ into an IGS Tubecore and Bettermaker 502p, and with the “air” switch on 2, pentode, and transformer in, I was able to get the most incredible warmth, but with absolute clarity and no mud. Usually there is a trade off between warmth and clarity… I haven’t had to compromise with this. It somehow does both at the same time. The harmonic richness it imparts can be glaringly obvious or subtle and sweet, but it has plenty of headroom as well, so there’s little risk of “accidentally” distorting things.
All said, this has now become my “desert island” pre, without a doubt. So versatile and always amazing sounding!